Testing Services

IPI is an independent laboratory that provides both standardized and custom independent research for corporate, governmental, or non-profit sponsors. Below are links to descriptions and pricing for some of our most common research requests. If your need is not described, contact us, and we may be able to develop a program to meet your specific needs. All results of sponsored research and testing are confidential.

Testing ServicesImage Stability Evaluations

Photo-storage and Framing Materials Evaluations
(ISO 18902)

NOTE: Results expire! Results are valid for the specific lot of product tested until any date and for subsequent lots for one year.

Major Revision to ISO 18902 Imaging materials — Processed imaging materials — Albums, framing and storage materials

This standard was created to help users select photo-safe enclosures and to provide guidance to manufacturers on how to make photo-safe products. In 2011, the ISO committee on Physical Properties and Permanence of Imaging Materials initiated a major revision of ISO 18902:2007. This revision, published in 2013, made the document more user-friendly for both manufacturers andcultural institutions while maintaining the quality of output from the requirements. The key improvements are discussed in the article below and include: changes in scope, changes in terms and definitions, the elimination of redundant tests, the elimination of unspecified or unverifiable requirements, the elimination of irrelevant, intermittent, or incomplete information, and the development of a reporting method.

Key Components of the Recent Major Revision of ISO 18902 Imaging Materials – Processed Imaging Materials – Albums, Framing and Storage Materials
 

Why Should I Test?

Testing provides consumers and manufacturers of imaging and photo storage and display materials with unbiased, data-driven answers to questions of print stability, relative longevity and photo safety.